Your View: Constant bickering

I THINK we are all getting a bit over the constant bickering between the farmers and the miners.

During the past 60 years the highly-productive farming land north of Adelaide has steadily been taken over by ridiculously big houses and now there is another very big subdivision north of Virginia which has pushed off the little farmers.

Why is it a small hole in a large paddock causes more chest beating in 12 months than an area twice the size of Adelaide has in 60 years?

Still we don’t have to worry we can always get food from China.

Glyn Hartley, Port Hughes

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    Dr David T Miller Tuesday, 04 December 2018 22:32

    A very valid observation Glyn.

    I guess a hole in a paddock is a tangible item that we can see. The slow demise of farming close to Adelaide is a reflection of the slow cancer of our capitalist economy. With economic models that mandate exponential population grow a conflict or competition for space occurs. This storm has only started! On a global scale this is of great concern as our resources are slowly depleted, as you and others point out prime agricultural land often loses out. I think the debate between farmers and miners is a symptom of the global economic crisis - we too often stick our heads in the sand when issues become complex - our politicians need to question their economic assumptions, the demand for food and mineral resources, I believe, will be much higher than the proponents that worship the religion of increasing population means increased economic wealth. Beware global warming, this years drought is just a taste. This is a very complex subject that is beyond the scope of a comment here. Its scary!

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